Freshmen Win Heats at Distance Fiesta

Juan-Pablo Garcia, Staff Writer

Freshmen Sarah Tabibian and Seth Bonnin won their respective 800-meter races at the annual Dublin Distance Fiesta, the largest track & field event of its kind in the country, on March 16. 

The meet features heats of like-ability athletes in the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter distances.  Top 3 finishers in each heat win coveted podium tee-shirts.

Bonnin finished in 2:16.13.  He trailed behind the 1st 3 runners before surging to the lead in the final 200 meters. “I felt like I had a little more energy left in me and decided to sprint the last 200m like [Coach] Chuck had talked about,” said Bonnin.

Tabibian ran in the middle of the pack, and in the last 300m, started overtaking competitors. “It was a long, fun race, but I didn’t like that my lungs stung for a while afterward,” said Tabibian.

Coach Joey Woolridge said, “I am proud that Sara and Seth were able to win their races. They worked really hard and took into consideration what [Coach] Chuck had said.”

Senior Edward Buckley ran the 3200-meter race against the best runners in the country, including Redwood High School’s Liam Anderson, Gatorade’s Cross Country runner-of-the-year, and Jesuit’s defending state champion Matt Strangio.

Strangio won the race in 8:47.27 while Anderson finished 2nd in 8:56.88.

Buckley finished well back in the pack with a time of 9:40.30.